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Wednesday, 18 July 2012
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jb38
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5:02 PM

Max: ITV London should be on programme No 973 on a Sky box.

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jb38
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5:54 PM

Max: Meant also to say that its only Sky that can make ITV London appear on 103 as its done via the Sky card, but "if" you have just received the card then they "might" change it for you over air, but in general terms they always match it to the post code of your address when you first applied for the card.

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Thursday, 26 July 2012
Briantist
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4:38 PM

alan betts: It seems that most film channels are subscription, so I don't think there will be any more channels soon... but you never know.

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012
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Vin Roberts
5:26 PM
Stoke-on-trent

Hi Briantist, bit naive here even though lots of info on your part;. I pay a Sky sub,and have the basic set-up+recorder(no HD)been with them for 4 years,seriously considering closing with them(Sky) Will miss the Documentries, but as an OAP,( the poorer variety !)finance is the problem(ain't it always ?) What in your opinion is my best alternative if I unsubscribe ? Many thanks

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jb38
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5:43 PM

Vin Roberts: I realise you addressed the question to Briantist but if I could just reply, the only option you have when you cancel your subscription is to use the Sky+ box as an ordinary Sky "free to view" device, this of course will NOT allow the recording / playback side to operate, as Sky will disable it at the same time as your access to Sky dedicated programmes.

The only option you then have "if" you want to be able to record programme is to purchase a Freesat twin tuner PVR as Freesat devices are 100% compatible with Sky dishes, and with the PVR referred to requiring twin input feeds such as you will already have "if" you are referring to a Sky+ box when you mention recording.

If you do not wish the record anything then a standard Freesat box only requires one feed from the dish.

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jb38
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5:58 PM

Vin Roberts: Meant also to add, that you can easily find out what channels you will (or will not) be able to view when you cancel your subscription by simply removing your Sky card and running through them, a few exceptions exist like Sony TV (157) which although free is encrypted and requires the card inserted to view it.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012
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Vin Roberts
12:47 PM
Stoke-on-trent

Hello jb38, thank you for your reply and subsequent information.As is fairly standard these days I have of course Freeview 'built in', but have no info or have needed any, on FreeSat, which appears to me to be rather better ?? (right or wrong) ? Now!,well I'm thinking along those lines should I end my contract with Sky. It is not often that I use the reording side ,but it is nice to have the facility, and I appreciate your info re Freeat Twin tuner PVR. Again many thanks for your help

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jb38
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5:26 PM

Vin Roberts: Well the problem is, that if you end your contract with Sky and your box is a Sky+ version? then that's the end of your recording / play back facilities.

Of course I only say this on the assumption that you are indeed using a Sky+ box by you having referred to a recorder, but I fully appreciate that you could simply be referring to an external recorder coupled to the Sky box via a scart lead, and should that be the case then obviously if you purchased a much less costly standard Freesat (non recordable) box then your recorder could still be used with that in exactly the same way as is presently done with your Sky box.

I will say though, that the twin tuner Freesat PVR gives you the maximum flexibility of all by enabling you to record a programme on one channel whilst you are viewing a different programme on a second channel, or alternatively record two different channels at the same time plus on occasions (as exclusions apply) view a different programme from either being recorded. (i.e: programme would have to be on the same transponder / polarity as one being recorded)

As far as Freeview is concerned, Sutton Coldfield is indicated as providing good reception, and of course with that system you can also have twin tuner Freeview PVR which operates in a similar fashion to the Freesat types described, but though if you are the type that demands glitch free reception 24/7 all the year round then only Freesat can guarantee that for virtually 99.9% of the time.

Just a little point to note though, if you are using a normal Sky box and NOT a Sky+ type than your dishes LNB might only be a single output type, and so if a twin tuner Freesat PVR was used the LNB would require to be changed to a dual or quad type and an additional cable run from it as twin tuner Freesat devices require twin inputs, the blocks costing around £10.00 or so from numerous e-bay outlets.



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Friday, 17 August 2012
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Vin Roberts
11:34 AM

Hi again jb38, apologies for the delay. All your remarks duly noted.First of all the 'box' in question is indeed a Sky+ 350 gb(I think)So all in all I assume , in my naivety, that the present dish will have LNB 1 and 2 fitted , and the relevant FreeSat PVR wil be the 'way to go'with no great, if any, modification ! Yes, as you suggest,naturally, I prefer 'glich free reception'(is there such a thing )? Thanks again

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jb38
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9:16 PM

Vin Roberts: Yes, you are quite correct in what you have said, insomuch that a Freesat PVR will simply use the two feeds from the dish that are presently used by the Sky+ box and with no modifications whatsoever being required, as Sky a Freesat are 100% compatible with each other in this respect.

As far as glitch free reception is concerned, nothing can really beat reception via satellite as its about on par with the best of cable TV, because as you will no doubt already know (by having been a Sky user) that about the only time a problem is ever experienced is usually during a very heavy thundery down pour, ironically Freeview being relatively unaffected by this type of situation, one of the few it isn't though!

I would think along the lines of having a look at the Humax range of Freesat PVR's, as although admittedly they are slightly more expensive you basically get what you pay for, plus they have excellent back up facilities via the web.

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